Youth Programs

Sunday Programs
 
G.R.A.C.E Place (God Reaches All Children Everywhere)
ALL AGES! (See adult page for Sunday opportunities for adults)
 
2-year-olds through kindergarten: EO 8 with Carlyle Bauer, Riley Bearse, and Kelsey Hlavac as their teachers! Songs start at 9:15am with Mrs. Brenda!
 
1st – 2nd Grade:
Mrs. Alison is your teacher in LO9! Jan – April, 2nd graders are a part of our 1st Holy Communion program. They start at 9:15am.
 
3rd – 6th Grade: These youth engage in the Bible lessons in new ways through science, art, technology, and games! Our station leaders are passionate about their stations and teaching the youth about God’s action in the world today through our Bible lessons! They meet in LO 2-3 (All-Purpose Room) starting at 9:15am!
 
7th – 8th Grade: This is our confirmation program. Our teachers, Beth and Steve Matzke, and Julie Buckwalter are teaching as a team again this year with curriculum written by Kelsey, the Christian Education and Youth Director at Grace. We are excited to start our classes with a retreat to Camp Innabah on Sept. 15th!
 
9th – 12th Grade:
Our high schoolers are invited to participate as a leader for a G.R.A.C.E Place station for our 3rd – 6th grade. Or they can attend an adult class Sunday mornings. We have monthly youth group meetings for our high school students.
 

Youth Groups

Elementary: Grades 1-5
During this age, we focus on building relationships with one another, kids and adults alike, so that as our youth grows into our middle and high school programs, the work of creating relationships and knowing each other has been solidified, and we can start to dig deeper into their faith and how it is intertwined with their life.  
 
Middle School: Grades 6-9
7th and 8th graders at Grace are part of our two-year Confirmation program. Each month there are fellowship events offered to create relationships with each other, with friends, and with Christ. This group learns how their faith is working in their life – real life application! 
 
High School: Grades 9-12 
Grace high school youth will have monthly youth group meetings for homework, fellowship, and faith formation!Sun. Sept. 15th @ 12-2pm Pool Party! Sat. Oct. 5th @ 5-7 Youth Sunday Prep! Sun. Nov.10th @5-8 Matzke’s house! Sun. Dec. 8th @ 5-8pm Finnegan’s House!
 
 
Register for
G.R.A.C.E Place
and Youth Events

Upcoming Events

 
 
Christmas Pageant SIGNUPS!
Starting Oct. 20th, pageant sign-ups will handed out during G.R.A.C.E. Place!
Practices will be held Dec. 1st, Dec 8th, for speaking parts and 15th for ALL parts with a pizza party!Pageant is held Sun. Dec. 22nd at the 10:45am service!
 
 
 
High School Youth Group!
Sun. Nov. 10th, 5 – 8pm!
@ Matzke’s house!
 
 
 
Welcome Church
Coffee Hour Hosts
Sunday, Dec. 29th
1-5pm
 
Sunday, Dec. 29th we will be hosting coffee hour with the Welcome Church (https://thewelcomechurch.org/) to provide drinks and food after their church service!
 
ALL AGES INIVTED!
SIGNUP TO SERVICE with Kelsey BY Dec. 22nd!
 
During December, we will be collecting Good Gift items in the Narthex for our coffee hour!
 

Involvement

 Youth Visioning Team

Grace’s Youth Visioning Team (YVT) is a group of ten people – youth, adults, parents – who come together every other month to plan youth events and service projects for the year. We all have a passion for our youth, and that passion turns into action.

 

YVT Mission Statement

“To have a connected, consistent (not scary) youth ministry that attests to the value of church and youth group through engaging, exciting activities to help guide youth and adults understand Christ and that He is always present with us.”

 

Family Ministry 

Family Ministry is an important part of ministry at any church and makes a large impact on the faith of both the youth and the parents. Part of youth ministry includes family ministry. Parents are with their kids more than any other person including youth directors, friends, and teachers. Parents are influential in shaping their youth’s faith. Parents are invited and encouraged to volunteer with G.R.A.C.E. Place, become Youth Group leaders, participate in YVT, or join our Christian Ed team!

 

Grace families can also participate in an annual Family Mission Trip each summer.

Worship Service Opportunities 

There are many opportunities for our youth to engage in our worship services!
 

Crucifers, Acolytes & Torch Bearers

5th – 12th graders are encouraged to participate in worship as crucifers, acolytes, & torch bearers. They light the candles before worship, extinguish them afterwards, collect offering, help with communion on specific Sunday’s, carry the cross during procession, and other duties.
 

Greeters & Ushers 

Grace is a welcoming community and you too, can be a part of it! Help us greet everyone as they walk through the door! You can also usher and distribute the bulletins, help collect offering, and even ring the bell during the Lord’s Prayer.
 

Readers

At both 8 am and 10:45 am services, we have readers who read the first & second reading, and our psalm call and response. If you like reading, please don’t hesitate to join the reading squad!
 

Communion Assistants

You can help distribute communion either through the wine or grape juice on a Sunday morning, sharing the blood of Christ, which has been shed for all.

Trips, Events, & Activities

Bear Creek Camp
Many Grace families attend summer and winter & summer camps at the Bear Creek Camp facilities in Bear Creek, PA. Click HERE to find out more information & register for summer camp! Grace offers camp scholarships, please contact the office to submit a scholarship application.
 
ELCA Youth Gathering Trip
Eleven high school youth went to Houston June 27th – July 2nd to serve Christ and learn about all that the ELCA does to spread God’s love and word!
Please see our blog to learn and experience our trip!
 

 

Young Adult Ministry

 
Grace’s Young Adult Ministry is focused on service to our community in Royersford. We serve community meals, participate in church clean-up days, and help with other service projects in the area. The Young Adult Ministry is about doing God’s work through our hands. Service projects are usually done during the winter and summer. Please also visit SEPA Youth page for more information and events to participate in as a young adult!
 
Youth Blog

MN HS Mission Trip 2017: Tuesday, July 18th

On Tuesday morning my crew, turtle river, went to kids club at dream catcher park. When we arrived the children were very energetic and thrilled to see us again. After kids club finished, we went to another work site called, adult day services where we helped clean buses for the seniors. We also played pool noodle hockey & sang karakoe with some of the residents. In the evening our church group went to leech lake and I swam in it! No leeches! I saw god in the youth and the children, the quick connections and bond that was created.

~Abby Coath

 
               

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MN HS Mission Trip 2017: Monday, July 17th

Today was July 17th which was my birthday. I started my celebration bright and early at 6:30am with breakfast prep! Then I ate a bagel, which was okay since I burnt it a little in the toaster, then made myself a hoagie for lunch. After breakfast there was a meeting about what to expect during sports camp. Then at sports camp I played with this little girl, Haylie, and also got beat up by a 9 year old boy named Anthony. We ate lunch around 12 and left. Then we had another meeting about our high and lows of the day. Later in the day we went to Andie and Jess’s house and learned about Native American history. It was really interesting and I also bought a homemade dreamcatcher from their daughter. Overall I eat this day as an 8. I saw God through all the children and get closeness they had with each other.

?~Lily Coath


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MN HS Mission Trip 2017: Sunday, July 16th

We woke up at 8am at the church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We got breakfast at Caribou coffee. After that we went back to first Lutheran Church and attended their service, which started at 10am. They were welcoming and excited for us to be there. We then went to Chipotle for lunch before starting our about 3 hr drive north. We arrived at the school that we would be staying at for the next few days. We first unloaded the van and got situated in our rooms. After that we had dinner which was sloppy joes, mac & cheese, baked beans, and salad. Then we had our youth orientation which consisted of “speed friending”. The youthworks leaders asked very random questions like, “what type of ice cream most describes your life?” After that all the adults came in and we had our first large group gathering. We sang, prayed, and watched videos about youthworks and a singer/songwriter who created a song a out God. Then we got together as a church and talked about our high and lows, as well as what we are excited and nervous for. Then it was time for lights out.

I saw God in many ways. The people at first Lutheran were very nice and appreciative of what we were doing and wanted to learn more. Then when we were at Chipotle, a man there prayed before he ate his meal. Then once we got to the school, the leaders were really friendly and helped us settle in. I also saw God when He got us to all the places we needed to go safely.

 

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MN HS Mission Trip 2017: Saturday, July 15th

July 15, 2017

This morning we woke up at 9:30 and left the church at 10 to travel to Minneapolis. We took the light rail to downtown Minneapolis where we had a delicious lunch. After our meal, we took another light rail all the way to the famous Mall of America. Our first adventure was at Sea Life where we learned all different types of facts about all marine life. After sea life, we went up to the Minnesota shops and bought our youth leader a shirt to show our appreciation towards her. When we were done on the very top floor, we went down to get delicious frozen yogurt. While two of the youth and one of the leaders wanted to continue shopping, the rest of us kids and Kelsey went down to ride a roller coaster in the Nickelodeon Universe. After the thrill of the ride, we left the mall and went to Pizza Lucé for a very filling dinner where we talked about our day. We saw God in all different, but very unique ways. Some of our sightings consisted of when many people were asking and talking about our thrivent shirts or when people were holding the door open for us with welcoming smiles. I was personally changed today by seeing how thankful i should i cherish my life or to cherish special moments and seeing how beautiful the world is when you put down your cellular device.

~Sydney Floyd

 
        

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MN HS Mission Trip 2017: Friday, July 14th

July 14th 2017 – MN Mission Trip
 
This morning we met at 5:30am to drive at 6am to the church in which we will sleep tonight and tomorrow night. We passed through 4 states. Sydney and Abby kept count of the different license plates we saw, totaling up to 34. Our God sightings were when we saw the beautiful landscapes and sunset in Wisconsin and the towering mountains in Ohio and Illinois. We stopped once in each state to use the restroom and get more food. We also saw God when numerous people came up to us and asked us about the mission trip and where we were going. We also met a service dog in Ohio named Maverick with baby blue crystal eyes that made our day better.
   

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